D.C. family threatened on Facebook
Updated: January 23, 2011 - 08:29 pm
Update, 1:30 p.m., Jan. 23: Thanks in part to a story by Sam Ford on ABC7, D.C. Police have made an arrest in the homicide last August of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier of Southeast.
Ford reported on ABC7 Thursday that someone was harassing Frazier’s family from a Facebook account falsely using her name. An official from Facebook contacted ABC7 about the story and removed the account.
A police source told Ford that an unidentified person saw his story on ABC7 Thursday and contacted police with a tip that led to the arrest.
According to an official police statement released Sunday, “information was developed (Friday and Saturday) that Latisha Frazier may have been murdered.”
The statement also says that “probable cause was established that on August 2, 2010, Latisha Frazier was at the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE, where she was assaulted during a dispute and was ultimately murdered.”
Brian Gaither, 23, of Southeast was arrested and has been charged with Murder Two and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, police said.
At this time, Frazier’s remains have not been located.
"My heart goes out to the family of Latisha Frazier for their loss," Chief Cathy Lanier said. "The community providing information to police and press coverage about Latisha's disappearance were essential to us closing this case."
TBD and ABC7 will continue to report on this case as it develops.
UPDATE, 10:28 A.M. JAN. 21: Sources tell ABC 7's Sam Ford that Facebook has removed the account from which the threats were being made against a woman whose sister has been missing. Source says Facebook is now working with MPD on the case.
ORIGINAL STORY: Latisha Monique Frazier disappeared in August after leaving her job at McDonalds. Now someone is making her family’s life miserable - through Facebook.
Someone created a Facebook page using the missing woman’s middle and last name. And then they started sending threatening messages to family members via Facebook.
The messages said: “Your sister is dead and gone. I’m watching you! One more dead to go!” according to Latoya Frazier, the missing woman’s sister.
Then more messages started arriving. They were just as bad.
“Her (Latisha) black a** has been gone,” said the message. “Body parts in Rock Creek. Keep the fliers out of the (expletive) hood. We took them down.”
Latoya said whoever is sending the threatening messages has also menaced her.
“The fact that my little sister is missing is a stressful situation,” Latoya said. “They’re saying they’ve done stuff to her and they’re going to do me like they did her.”
Latisha disappeared on Aug. 2. She was last seen around Trenton Place SE, which is where her family passed out fliers looking for information about her disappearance.
Caroline Frazier, mother of the missing woman, was also threatened in the messages. She went to the D.C. police with printouts seeking help. She’s also left wondering if the messages are from her daughter’s abductors or people playing a prank.
“They might just be mean people or they might have something to do with it,” she said.
Latoya said the anonymity of the threats make them that much more upsetting.
“It’s really hard to know that somebody says they are watching you and you have no idea who that person is because they have no face on Facebook,” she said.
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